Chhattisgarh Government Returns Bastar Land Acquired for Tata Steel Plant to Farmers

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Riddhi PandeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 4, 2021

Location of Conflict

Lohandiguda

Chhote Paroda, Belar, Bandaji, Kumhali, Chhindgaon, Takraguda, Dhuragaon, Sirisguda, Dabpal and Beliyapal

Bastar

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Steel Plant

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People Affected by Conflict

8194

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1764

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Starting Year

2005

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Industry

In 2005, Tata Steel had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation to build a mega steel plant in Lohandiguda in Bastar district. The land, measuring approximately 2,000 hectares, was acquired from 10 villages, affecting over 1,700 farmers.  However, as many as 542 farmers refused to give up their land and accept compensation. They complained that the promises made in the past for land acquisition were also not kept and that the affected people did not get proper rehabilitation. Consequently, Tata Steel did not develop the proposed plant for more than a decade due to the persisting disagreement.  In 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was in power then, cancelled Tata's licence.  In August 2016, Tata Steel announced its withdrawal from Lohandiguda citing law and order problems due to the presence of Naxalites in the region. However, the state government refused to return the land to the farmers as it wanted to create a land bank for industrial purposes. The Congress, who was in opposition then, maintained that the government should return the acquired land to its owners.  In December 2018, when the Congress came to power in the state, Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel decided to return the land acquired from farmers for a steel plant of the Tata Group. In its poll manifesto for the Assembly elections, the Congress had promised to return those lands to farmers that remained unutilised by companies after five years of land acquisition.  In January 2019, the state government finally issued an order to return 1764.61 hectares of land to the villagers. The farmers have now reportedly taken possession of their plots. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand to get back acquired land

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

19500

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Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Other, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Violation of LARR Act

Legal Status:

Out of Court

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Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Tata Steel

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Documented By

Riddhi Pandey

Reviewed By

Riddhi Pandey

Updated By

Riddhi Pandey

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